Fair Deal for Expats launch in Lauzun
14 August 2016 and 17 August 2016 in Lauzun
• Association launches in Lauzun
• Given permission for intervention in critical High Court case on Article 50
August 11, 2016, Lauzun, France.
The High Court in London gave permission for a group of British citizens living in Lauzun, 47410 to intervene in court proceedings in which the court is being asked to decide whether the UK Government may invoke Article 50 of the EU Treaty under its royal prerogative powers, or whether Parliament must first pass legislation authorising the Government to do so. The case will be heard before the Lord Chief Justice in October. Fair Deal has instructed specialist legal advisors Croft Solicitors and barristers Patrick Green QC, Henry Warwick and Matthieu Gregoire of Henderson Chambers. Some of Fair Deal's members have been granted permission to intervene in the case, to ensure that expat voices are heard.
Spokesperson for Fair Deal, John Shaw, said: "Our High Court initiative will ensure that the unique legal issues which pertain to UK expats are presented in the proceedings, the outcome of which will directly affect their lives and the lives of their families. The UK is a representative democracy. It is therefore right that those elected representatives in Parliament have a hand in delivering Brexit. UK citizens who have made the EU their home, many of whom will have families and businesses on the continent, will be affected by the withdrawal of the UK from the EU. It is proper that their concerns and rights are considered during this process."
Meanwhile, Fair Deal is focusing on recruiting more members determined to have a say in their future, reaching out to British expat groups, task forces, communities and individuals across the EU. On Sunday 14th August 2016 Fair Deal for Expats will have a “soft launch” at a stall opposite the halle in Lauzun and you are invited to visit. The formal launch of the campaign is to take place in the halle on Wednesday 17th August 2016.
Spokesperson John Shaw said: "We invite all interested parties to attend. The British government has yet to articulate plans for its expats and it's being reported that the "UK has not worked out what the questions are, let alone found potential answers to how it will leave the EU"(3). It is crucial that we gather information about how Brexit will affect expats across the EU, so that this can be presented in court and provided to MPs, lobbyists and representatives in due course.
"British expats across the EU must speak up now. The more of us that do so, the louder we will be heard. Others across the EU have worked hard to establish groups to deal with the outcome of the referendum. It is crucial that we all unite." Fair Deal for Expats has a new website at www.fairdealforexpats.com where British Citizens residing across the EU can apply to join the membership and provide information about the issues faced by UK expats. Anyone not eligible to become a member is invited to offer their support by donating towards Fair Deal's legal and other professional costs.
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Notes for editors
(1) Launch meeting:
Sunday 14 August, 2016, Lauzun, 47410, France.
Journalists may attend. Please email Carole Jordan (see below) for details.
(2) See, for example, http://www.legalcheek.com/2016/07/brexit-legal-challenge-busiest-court-in-living-memory-hears-judges-say-case-will-be-heard-by-the-lord-chief-justice/ and http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/jul/19/government-awaits-first-legal-opposition-to-brexit-in-high-court
For further information please contact Carole Jordan, Fair Deal for Expats